"Adamic Language : A Challenge To Semitic Religions"
Adamic language = the language understood by Adam
A challenge = lingustically
To semitic religions = proto-Judaism, proto-Christianism, proto-Islam (because Islam is generally based on semitic narratives and shares a common cultural background)
1)According to semitic religions, a general idea about Adam is that he was created by God from dust somewhere in the heaven.
2)There is a whole theatrical drama in which God speaks, angels speak, Iblis speaks, Adam also speaks.
If we assume that what Qur'an says about the theatrical history of Adam is true and these events took place somewhere and years ago, then it is obvious that the first question to ask is what was this shared language (formal system of signs governed by grammatical rules of combination to communicate meaning) by the restricted speech community that included God, angels, Iblis and Adam.
A language basically is a sequence of sounds. A sound is basically a mechanical wave that needs a medium to travel, for instance on earth the medium for sound is air. Sounds in speech are produced by passing a stream of air from the lungs through one or more resonators belonging to the phonetic apparatus. The principal resonators are the pharyngeal cavity, the oral cavity, the labial cavity and the nasal cavity.
Assuming these specific features that enable a person to communicate with his fellow creature, we are facing a real problem on the existence of such entities like angels, Iblis and God. Even if we consider that angels and Iblis have characteristics similar to human, the problem of adamic language persists as language is a cultural and social production. Furthermore, language is a mental faculty that allows humans to undertake linguistic behaviour such to learn languages, produce and understand utterances. No doubt that there are neural mechanisms in the human brain that control the comprehension, production, and acquisition of language. What is the probability of existence of such extra-terrestrial entities that have a culture, a social organization and a neural mechanism ?
Else, in linguistic typology we can classify languages according to their structural features. Sentences arrange their elements in a certain order depending on language : Subject–verb–object, Subject–object–verb, Verb–subject–object, Verb–object–subject, Object–subject–verb, Object–verb–subject. How then God chooses which of these structural features is the best for the adamic language or if this choice is arbitrary, if so then, God is not perfect in his essence.
Languages are in perpetual evolution from primitive to advance speech, also some disappear others appear through a constant movement, for example nobody speaks akkadian, phoenician or other ancient languages nowadays. If the adamic language is the language choosen by God to speak to Adam, how is it possible that this God-choosen language no longer exist, after all, it was a godly language.
It seems that from the point of view of linguistic evolution and other scientific fields, adamic language is a challenge to semitic religions with serious consequences over claiming the existence of Adam as the first human.
[To moderators : I am sorry for the multi id halwahalwa, halwahalwa_1.1, I tried to change something in my previous account but unfortunately I missed something. So I create another account.]
Edited by halwahalwa_1.1, 22 October 2011 - 05:28 PM.